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Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

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At Island Coast Dentistry, dental implants are the preferred solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth because they are strong, permanent, and natural-looking. Still, not everyone is a good dental implants candidate, and some patients may be better suited for removable dentures or a dental bridge. Read on to learn about what makes someone a good dental implants candidate.

Dental Implants Candidates

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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically implanted into a patient’s jawbone. In order to be a qualified candidate for dental implants, it’s very important that a patient is in good overall health and doesn’t suffer from any conditions that could complicate or prohibit oral surgery.

Furthermore, because implants are supported by a patient’s jawbone and gums, it’s crucial that they have adequately strong tissue to support the implants. If they do not, Dr. Jeffrey Skupny may recommend bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation to prepare the patient’s mouth for implants.

Young patients whose jaws and mouth are still growing will need to wait until they are fully developed before dental implants are be a good idea for them.

Bone Grafting and Soft Tissue Augmentation

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There are a number of conditions which can cause a patient to have inadequate jawbone or gum tissue to support dental implants. In these cases, Dr. Jeffrey Skupny can employ bone grafting or soft tissue augmentation to build these areas up.

Dental bone grafting is a surgical procedure that involves using particulate bone to build up the jawbone.

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

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The only way to find out is to visit us for a dental exam, which will take many factors into consideration, including your oral and overall health.

For a consultation with Dr. Skupny about dental implants, call Island Coast Dentistry at (239) 261-5566 today!